Dan McCready withdraws concession in House race amid fraud allegations

Democratic congressional candidate Dan Mc Cready leans against wallboard as he pauses during a Habitat For Humanity building event in Charlotte N.C. on Sept. 26 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Dan Mc Cready leans against wallboard as he pauses during a Habitat For Humanity building event in Charlotte N.C. on Sept. 26 2018

McCready, however, withdrew his concession to Harris on Thursday amid the ongoing investigation.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that Republicans should be concerned as well, because Dowless also operated in the GOP primary, and the allegations have significance beyond North Carolina.

Republican Mark Harris ran against Democrat Dan McCready in North Carolina.

Dowless earned more than $23,000 working on six campaigns dating back to 2010, and in most of those races, Dowless' candidates received a disproportionately higher percentage of absentee votes in Bladen County.

Dowless allegedly helped orchestrate a scheme to tamper with absentee ballots in Harris' favor. Absentee voters in Dowless's home base of Bladen County voted by huge margins for Harris in numbers that are hard to believe are accurate, and multiple Democrats have come forward to say people came to collect their unsealed absentee ballots, a process that is illegal in the state. North Carolina Republicans argued that hundreds of ballots submitted in Dowless's race for the Soil and Water Conservation board seat bore similar handwriting, and thus the results were suspect, even though Dowless won his race for reelection, The New Yorker reported.

Jamie Bowers, a spokesman for outgoing District 9 incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger, said he isn't sure if House leaders can chose a victor in the case of an uncertified race.

"A month ago, I conceded to my opponent Mark Harris in the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District", said McCready in a video released on Thursday.

There are also claims that incomplete ballots were collected and then filled out later, Cohen said. Until then, the media hadn't focused too much on those possibilities, but that's precisely why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina. Local Republicans point out that absentee ballots mostly favored Democrats, including Burton, in Robeson County, and the problems in Bladen didn't leak into this county. As I noted yesterday, the Constitution and the Federal Contested Elections Act of 1969 gives the House a range of options in dealing with such a challenge, including ordering a new election or just flat-out certifying McCready as the victor and seating him instead of Harris.

It's 'bigger than that one seat, ' she said, pointing to the overall 'integrity of elections'.

Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading McCready by 905 votes.

A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the Red Dome Group, which worked for Harris, and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. One woman told WSOC-TV that Dowless "paid her $75 to $100 a week to go around and pick up finished absentee ballots". The state Board of Elections and the Wake County District Attorney have launched investigations. On Sunday, Hayes said there weren't enough questioned ballots to change the race's outcome, and the next day he accused a Democratic member of the state board of "score-settling". They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.

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